HOMES UN­DER THE HAM­MER FACTS

Sharon Dale re­veals why.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

FOR Homes Un­der the Ham­mer fans it came as no sur­prise that Daniel Craig has been cap­ti­vated by the day­time prop­erty show.

Ap­par­ently, the world-fa­mous ac­tor has been watch­ing it in his trailer be­fore shoot­ing scenes for the new Bond movie Sky­fall.

There’s lit­tle doubt among those of us al­ready hooked that he’ll watch it again and again thanks to its ad­dic­tive for­mula and its hi­lar­i­ous sound­tracks.

The mu­sic is a big part of its suc­cess. A shot of a prop­erty with an out­side loo ac­com­pa­nied by Baby it’s Cold Out­side; Orange Juice’s Rip it up and Start Again is a reg­u­lar for ma­jor ren­o­va­tions and for a house with nico­tine stained walls then it had to be Golden Brown by the Stran­glers.

“It’s got ev­ery­thing. The tunes and the true sto­ries with a be­gin­ning, a mid­dle and end all in one episode,” says the show’s co-pre­sen­ter Martin Roberts, who in­vited his army of fol­low­ers on Twit­ter to come up with prop­er­tythemed Bond ti­tles. They replied with: On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Sur­vey, Room­maker and A View To Kill For.

Li­censed to Thrill is most ap­pro­pri­ate for HUH. Broad­cast at 10am ev­ery week­day of the year it has an au­di­ence share of 30 per cent, which ap­par­ently is huge. On Easter Mon­day two mil­lion peo­ple were watch­ing and many more of us can now catch up with it on iPlayer.

Af­ter al­most ten years it shows no sign of run­ning out of steam and nei­ther does pre­sen­ter Martin. He is a one-man whirl­wind who di­vides his time be­tween film­ing, writ­ing, TV en­gage­ments , run­ning prop­erty train­ing work­shops and look­ing af­ter his own buy-to-let port­fo­lio.

His film­ing com­mit­ment to the BBC is three days a week and it’s a mad dash be­tween lo­ca­tions all over Bri­tain. In the past four years he’s clocked up 160,000 miles in his car. He also writes all his own lines.

“Some­times I think: ‘What am I go­ing to find that’s new to say about an­other two bed­room ter­race but there is al­ways some­thing and gen­er­ally what you see is a first take. It’s me go­ing in and spon­ta­neously say­ing what I think.”

He’s been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally point­ing out the pros and cons of var­i­ous auc­tion prop­er­ties for al­most a decade but he never wea­ries of the job.

Ev­ery story is dif­fer­ent, he says, and it com­bines his pas­sion for broad­cast­ing and prop­erty.

War­ring­ton-born Martin, 49, stud­ied elec­tri­cal launched al­most a decade ago and is on air ev­ery week­day morn­ing at 10am and it’s also on iPlayer.

Each episode of the pro­gramme, hosted by Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexan­der, fea­tures three prop­er­ties bought at auc­tion. View­ers get a tour of the homes be­fore they go to un­der the ham­mer, the bid­ding is filmed and the suc­cess­ful bid­der is in­ter­viewed be­fore and af­ter the ren­o­va­tion.

The thrill is see­ing the be­fore and af­ter shots and see­ing if the num­bers stack up. Es­tate agents are called to give val­u­a­tions pre and post ren­o­va­tion.

It is the BBC’s most suc­cess­ful ever 10am slot show and its sound­tracks are leg­endary. engi­neer­ing at Brad­ford Univer­sity while vol­un­teer­ing on hospi­tal ra­dio at the lo­cal Royal In­fir­mary. He later worked in lo­cal ra­dio, then be­came a reg­u­lar pre­sen­ter on ITVs Wish You Were Here be­fore land­ing the role on HUH.

His in­ter­est in prop­erty be­gan at home with his DIY-ob­sessed dad., who he, says, had the house “con­stantly in bits”.

The skills he picked up then have been put to good use on his own ren­o­va­tion projects start­ing with his first house in Stock­port, bought when he was 22.

“I did that one up and a few years later I sold it for twice what I paid for it and that’s when I first re­alised what a good in­vest­ment prop­erty could be, ”says Martin.

FULL OF CHAR­AC­TER: The prop­erty has lots of pe­riod fea­tures and a fab­u­lous gar­den with out­door din­ing room which over­looks an or­chard.

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